Starting from the Blue Gum Lookout car park at the intersection of Saw Mill Road and Spring Gully Road, Spring Gully, this walk takes you on a circuit around Spring Gully Conservation Park via the Western Boundary, Observation, Ridgetop, Wymans and Cascades tracks. Spring Gully Conservation Park features some of the region's most picturesque native landscapes and is the only reserve in South Australia to contain the red stringybark tree. The park is home to many animals and birds, and in spring, there's an abundance of wildflowers and orchids in bloom. This hike initially descends along Spring Gully Road through the Skilly Hills before climbing along the Western Boundary and the Observation tracks. Further ahead, the hike follows the Ridgetop Track, offering expansive views of the Adelaide Plains, then heads through grassy woodlands along the Wymans and Cascades tracks, passing a lookout above a small seasonal waterfall. This loop consists of well-signposted fire tracks and walking trails, suitable for average fitness levels, with some uneven surfaces and moderately steep sections. Dogs are not permitted in this park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
From Horrocks Highway, A32, Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council.
Turn on to Horrocks Highway, B82 then drive for 42 km
Turn left onto Bayes Road and drive for another 850 m
Turn left onto Hughes Park Road and drive for another 650 m
Turn right onto Sawmill Road and drive for another 4.1 km
Turn left and drive for another 75 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Directions & comments
There is a car park (about 25 m back from the start).
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Spring Gully Road & Sawmill Road) turn sharp right, to head along Spring Gully Road (a vehicle track).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Spring Gully Road & Cascades Walk) continue straight, to head along Spring Gully Road.
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of Wandel Road & Spring Gully Road) turn sharp left, to head along Wandel Road (a vehicle track).
After another 2.1 km head through/around the gate.
After another 1.7 km turn left, to head along Ridgetop Track.
After another 620 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight, to head along Ridgetop Track.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Ridgetop Track.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 35 m veer right.
After another 590 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Wymans Hike.
After another 950 m veer right, to head along Wymans Hike.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to Cascades viewpoint. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Cascades Walk.
After another 590 m (at the intersection of Cascades Walk & Wymans Hike) continue straight, to head along Cascades Walk.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Spring Gully Road & Cascades Walk) turn right, to head along Spring Gully Road (a vehicle track).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Spring Gully Road & Sawmill Road) turn sharp left (a service road).
After another 80 m come to the end.
This little side trip takes you to Cascades viewpoint.
Directions & comments
After another 70 m come to "Cascades".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Spring Gully Loop
2 h to 3 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)